When was the last time you felt an emotion and thought it was one thing, but it was actually something else?
Let me explain.
Before I began the Grief Recovery Method, I thought I only experienced a handful of emotions: anger, happiness, sadness, rage, annoyance, and frustration.
When I had the opportunity to reflect on my life and experiences, I was able to reveal so much more. Taking a look back, I experienced a bigger range of emotions than I thought.
For instance, when I reflected on an experience with my Mom that happened years ago, I used to say that I was just angry or mad about it. Digging deeper, I could also see that I was also disappointed, I felt betrayed, hurt, and pain. For that one particular experience, I came up with almost 25 other emotions (besides the ones I just listed)!
Going a little deeper, when it comes to our emotions, what if the feeling we have is actually something different? For years I would say I was "stressed out" but after going through the work, I now know that it’s really anxiety. I also used to say I feel "on edge" - now I know it's actually discouragement.
When we know exactly what the feeling is, then we can create solutions to do something about it.
Anxiety and discouragement have become my friends now and when they visit, they say, "Hey Teresa, look at me, look at me!" My solution: I can choose to spend some time with them, figure out what's causing the anxiety (or other emotion), I have ways to calm them down (journaling, meditation, deep breathing, or going for a run), and I can easily move forward in my day—where before I could be stuck in anxiety for days, weeks, sometimes longer.
What if what you’re feeling is more than sadness, more than disappointment, more than hurt…what if it’s actually grief?
Grievers may experience:
~Reduced concentration (most accidents happen when someone is grieving)
~Disrupted sleep patterns
~Changed eating habits
~A roller coaster of emotions
When I identified grief in a lot of my experiences, I was able to take small steps to rebuilding my life to one of hope, happiness, and healing. I am not special, I just “happened” to stumble upon one of the most effective programs in the world—and that is why I am so passionate about sharing it.
If you’ve been struggling, I want you to know that there is hope. There are so many people who want to help you through, including me!
As always, however you are feeling today, I want you to know that you are never alone. I am here for you. Please give me a call 951.523.7959, send me an email at Teresa@restorationshoppe.com.
I promise you, I may not know what to say or do, but I can always be a huge heart with ears.
I believe in you,